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So, What Is Ferris Bueller Up to Now? –

A bathrobe-clad Matthew Broderick shuffles to the window, flings open the curtains and deadpans simply, “How can I handle work on a day like today?” It’s impossible to tell what’s grayer about the “Ferris Bueller”-esque clip that hit the Web on Thursday and quickly went viral — the ambiguity of what it’s promoting, or the hair atop the once eternally youthful Broderick’s head. The 10-second snippet trails off with the film’s deeply baritone “Oh Yeah” music (“bow bow … chick … chicka chicka”) playing over a stark “2.5.12″ on the screen, leaving the viewer wondering what the now-all-grown-up-and-then-some Ferris will be doing that day. Best-kept secret ever of a forthcoming “Bueller” sequel, 26 years in the making? Doubtful. A tease to a forthcoming Super Bowl ad? More likely. The clip was posted to YouTube by user “chuckachucka2012,” with the note: “We hate to be such a tease, but on a day like today, we just have to. Stick it out until the Super Bowl, or take a ‘day off’ on Monday and catch the big reveal.” Auto site reported Friday that it’s a Super Bowl spot for Honda, with a vehicle from that automaker taking the place of the familiar Ferrari featured in the late John Hughes’ 1986 classic. The game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants will be played Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. “The big jump the two valets do in Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari? We hear this time it’s going to be a Honda CR-V,” Jalopnik reported, citing an unidentified source familiar with Honda who told Jalopnik the company planned an elaborate ad spoofing much of the Chicago-based homage to high school hooky. A Honda spokesman confirmed the company is doing a Super Bowl ad, but would not comment on the ad’s content. Just what the reprised Ferris will do in the ad — and how well the now nearly 50-year-old Broderick can recapture the slickness of the role — remains to be seen. If the teaser is any indication, the modern-day Ferris seems to more readily recall Ben Stein’s monotone economics teacher (“Bueller … Bueller …”) than he does the peak-of-his-youth title character who flings open his bedroom curtains to reveal a nice spring day and asks early in the film, “How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?” But after watching the clip of Broderick’s aged Bueller, another line from the movie comes to mind … “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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